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  • 59% (28)
    Don't be an idiot, your card's fine. Wait 6-8 months for the new stuff
  • 40% (19)
    Other - explain
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post #1 of 34
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I'm dying to upgrade my card, but I'm stuck in a weird position because new 28NM video card technology is coming out real soon (6-8 months?).

I don't want to spend $500 on a 580 or $650 on a 580 3gb cause what's the point of buying it if I plan on buying NVidia's or AMD's flagship card in 8 months time? But I still want a card.

What should I do???? I feel like being really stupid and buying a waterblocked 6990 from PowerColor and then buying either the 600 series or the 7000 series when they come out.

Money isn't really an issue cause I'm apparently stupid enough to buy a $700 card, but I don't want to throw my money away either. Should I keep my current card and wait 6-12 months? Or should I buy a card now and ALSO buy the new stuff when it comes out?
Edited by i7monkey - 4/14/11 at 8:37pm
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post #2 of 34
you could try hunting down another 280
    
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post #3 of 34
Have you considered buying another used GTX 280? They're very cheap. That would tide you over until Kepler is released. You could also buy a used GTX 480 for about $250 and sell your 280.
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post #4 of 34
Why not try a 6950/70 or a 560. I would recommend the 570 if not for VRM issues. That would be a boost on any of those cards, save quite a but of cash basically serving as a short term.

If you can still get by on a 280, any of those would be night an day
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post #5 of 34
I would recommend a hd6950. The are <$300 and perform really well, especially at high resolutions due to 2gb of vram. Also, you can unlock it to the 6970 bios if it is a reference card and overclock the crap out of it to get even better performance. IMO it is the best value in the gpu market right now.
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post #6 of 34
I say wait, anticipation and patience is key, it will be more fun to get nothing and wait.
    
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post #7 of 34
6990 w/ WB
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post #8 of 34
Might as well just get a 6950. That will still be maxing games by the time the next generation of GPU's come out.
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post #9 of 34
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post #10 of 34
Hold off or buy another 280 at the most. When Kepler comes out you'll be glad you saved your money. I'm trying to ride with my 285 for as long as I can.
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